Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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Wildcat junior Mari Pechacek follows through on her tee shot on the first hole at a Big Rivers Conference meet at Hudson last Tuesday. The Cats won two of the final three BRC meets of the season to clinch the regular season conference title. Read more in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.
Last March I was driving back from the high school sectional wrestling tournament in Merrill when I decided to stop at Duke's Lanes in Abbotsford for one of their famous hot beef sandwiches. After ordering my food and drink, the bartender asked me where I was from and I said River Falls. "Oh, then you must know Don Page," she said. "I certainly do," I replied. That wasn't the first time I was on a road trip somewhere in Wisconsin and a person asked me if I knew Page.
When George Field was chancellor at UW-River Falls from 1968-85 he said the college didn't need a public relations department or advertising agency to promote the school. "We had Don Page," Field said. Page, UW-RF athletic director from 1970-92 and a popular figure in River Falls for over 50 years, died last Tuesday, Sept. 14, after a long bout with cancer. He was 83. His son, local dentist David Page, said he can't go anywhere in Wisconsin without someone asking him if he is Don Page's son.
The Wildcats rode first place finishes in 10 of 11 events to post a 104-66 win over Chippewa Falls in a Big Rivers Conference dual swim meet Thursday at the high school pool. Grace Goblirsch and Marlayna Probst each had a hand in four Wildcat victories while Tessa Coggio played a role in three first place finishes and Sofia Carlson two. "Our team found great opportunities to match head to head with many Chippewa swimmers," head coach Lynn Huiskamp said.
River Falls drew the No. 3 seed and will host No. 14 Superior, while Hudson is seeded 11th and will travel to No. 6 Rhinelander when the WIAA Division 1 boys' soccer regional playoffs get underway Tuesday, Oct. 12. River Falls will host Superior at 4 p.m. at Wildcat Field while Hudson and Rhinelander also kick off at 4 p.m. in Rhinelander. The winners of those two games are scheduled to meet in the regional final Thursday, Oct. 14, at the home of the higher seed. Big Rivers Conference champion and undefeated Eau Claire Memorial drew the top seed in the 16-team regional and will host No.
Four members of the Wildcat girls' golf team finished in the top ten to lead the Cats to a first place finish Wednesday at the WIAA Division 1 regional tournament in New Richmond. The Wildcats, along with New Richmond, Eau Claire Memorial and Hudson all advanced to Tuesday's sectional tournament at Trempealeau Mountain Golf Course in Holmen. River Falls carded a team score of 372 to win the regional title while New Richmond was second with 378, Eau Claire Memorial third with 380 and Hudson fourth with 390.
It was a week of highs and lows for the Wildcat volleyball team. The highs came last Tuesday against Chippewa Falls, when the Cats played one of their best matches of the year in a five-set loss to the Cardinals, and Saturday at the Henry Sibley Invitational in St.
River Falls' Zane Heinselman one-times a long pass over the net in the first half of the Wildcat boys' soccer team's 5-0 win over Chippewa Falls Sept. 7 at Wildcat Field. The win was the first Big Rivers Conference victory of the season for the Cats and moved their conference record to 1-2-1 while improving their overall mark to 7-2-1. The Cats will host Eau Claire North (3-1-1) Thursday at 5 p.m. at Wildcat Field. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie on Aug. 24 in Eau Claire.
It took nine days to complete, but the Wildcat girls' tennis team picked up its first Big Rivers Conference win of the season last week, 6-1, over Chippewa Falls. The match started way back on Aug. 31, but was suspended due to rain. The two teams picked up where they left off Thursday, Sept. 9, with the Cats rolling to the 6-1 victory. The win came two days after River Falls dropped a 7-0 decision to perennial BRC powerhouse Eau Claire Memorial.
When Ellie Nelson woke up Friday morning and milled over her bowl of Cheerios, she never considered she would be the hero for the Wildcat girls' cross country team a few hours later. Nelson, a soft-spoken, modest sophomore according to coach Pat Lorentz, has been part of a supporting cast that has been just out of the top five Wildcat girls' runners. But as the results started to come in following the Irish Invite in Rosemount, Minn., it was clear the race for first place was very close.